Strings of multicolored lights twinkle above Mi Casa Tamales' three spacious acres, which are home to an intimate dining room, a cantina, a breezy, tree-shaded patio, and a kid-friendly play area. Known for their Texas-sized tamales that weigh more than 3 pounds per dozen, Mi Casa's chefs ably combine Texan and Mexican cuisines into appetizing dishes accented with house-made sauces including avocado salsa, cowboy stew, and tomatillo sauce. Music floats on the air during warm summer nights, serenading diners with guitars, piano, and tacos thumped rhythmically on drumheads.
Ara Celi and Robert Godines founded Matador Men's Grooming after gaining years of experience as Rooster's franchisees. They wanted to bring the same quality of service to a venue that felt a little more local, like a classic barber shop. They and their barbers still partner dashing, close-cropped haircuts with shaves, head and face massages, and hot towel wraps. They also offer waxing services particularly focused on grooming the eyebrows, and hair tinting to banish the flecks of grey that show up as people age or slowly become statues.
The lounge-like atmosphere of Amore Cafe invites visitors to sit back on one of the many couches that dot the interior, puff on a hookah, and enjoy Mediterranean-style cuisine from the kitchen. The menu starts off with platters of smoky, char-grilled baba ghannouj and leads to tender, skewered meats. Pairs can share hookahs, inhaling on smooth flavors such as coconut, exotic vanilla, and whatever that one talking caterpillar smokes.
Matamoros Restaurante Y Cantina's team of chefs gathers local ingredients and sprinkles pinches of custom-blended spices into a simmering sauce to create carne guisada, spinach and mushrooms tucked inside vegetarian enchiladas, and enchiladas verdes' tangy tomatillo salsa. Servers fill frosty glasses with top-shelf margaritas made from Grand Marnier, lime juice, and premium tequilas, and perk up tired palates with coffee brews. Melodies and beats from live music and DJ sets fill the air on Friday and Saturday nights, and four sports-tuned television screens broadcast daily games. The restaurant?s large picture window fills the spacious private dining room with views of sunlight and of the future, illuminating red cloth napkins and chairs for up to 115 guests.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Ram heads, horseshoes, and vintage Route 66 signs dot the walls at Stoney's Bar & Grill, paying proper homage to the great state of Texas. The menu doesn't disappoint either with its selection of down-home eats, including baby-back ribs dressed in a house sauce, chicken-fried steak smothered in cream gravy, and cornmeal-battered catfish crisped in a deep fryer.
During game nights, the crowd at Stoney's cheers on its favorite team until the American and Texas flags hanging above the bar flap with pride. On other nights, a karaoke machine amplifies guests’ crooning, and tabletops host poker tournaments.